There is no feeling like seeing the face of a student reaching an “ahh haa” moment in math class. After teaching middle school mathematics for almost ten years, I was eager to begin a journey of supporting my fellow classroom math teachers as our district’s mathematics coach. In this role, I have been able to continue to engage in one of my passions-connecting research to classroom practices. I am excited to serve the members of NCSM as the associate journal editor.
I was deep into my 3rd year as the elementary mathematics coach for my school district, when a colleague approached me with an interesting opportunity to attend a leadership institute in Atlanta, GA. Little did I know that this institute would change my life. After attending NCSM’s Winter Leadership Institute that December, I knew I had found the place with “my people”. Being able to collaborate, problem-solve, and celebrate with the people who understood the struggles, and the joy behind the celebrations, re-energized my quest in supporting our district’s mathematics teachers. From the “Coaching Corner” to NCSM’s position papers, I have found the guidance I need to be an effective mathematics coach.